Liverpool set to beat Spurs in bargain Premier League defender race

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Liverpool are reportedly the new favourites to land Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

The former England U21 international is yet to agree a new contract at St James' Park, and with his current deal set to expire in the summer clubs have begun to take an interest in the player.

An injury sustained by Jamie Carragher, ironically against transfer rivals Tottenham Hotspur, has left Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson searching for defensive cover at Anfield. Taylor is now thought to be the number one target.

The Daily Mirror reports that Everton are also considering a challenge to the 24-year-old Liverpool target, whilst the Metro claims that Spurs are also interested in the player.

Hodgson is thought to have a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million following the arrival of NESV as new owners on Merseyside, and whilst the Liverpool boss was thought to have highlighted an attacking foil for Fernando Torres as his priority he may have to re-evaluate following the injury to Carragher.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen his squad in January, with the manager highlighting his defence as a position that needs additional bodies following injuries to members of his current back four.

The White Hart Lane outfit have money to spend, and will challenge the Reds for a player whose value continues to fall as the months go on.

An £8 million fee is thought to be enough to persuade the Toon to sell the player, and Liverpool are being tipped to make the first move for the player in the opening month of 2011.

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